Why More Men Than Ever are Getting Breast Reductions

Have you spent hours in the gym, tried countless diets, and purchased every health food supplement you know of – to no avail? Do you have success tightening up other problem areas of your body but struggle with insecurity about your chest? Are you a male? If you answered yes to these questions, you may have a treatable condition known as gynecomastia. But before we explain treatment options, let’s discuss what this condition entails.

What is Gynecomastia?

In simple terms, gynecomastia is the enlargement of a male chest caused by the swelling or excessive growth of breast tissue inside the breast glands. The name comes from the Greek words  “gynaik” meaning “female” and  “mastós”  meaning breast. This swelling is typically caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone, and it affects more men than most people realize. In fact, it is estimated that up to 36 percent of adult men in the United States have this condition. Pseudogynecomastia is the name for breast enlargement that is caused purely from excess fat deposits in the chest. Pseudogynecomastia is thought to affect even more men than traditional gynecomastia.

What are the Risks?

The medical community agrees that hormone induced gynecomastia is a purely cosmetic issue, and this condition is not thought to pose a major health risk. Nonetheless, the emotional and social risks of male breast enlargement should not be ignored. Society tends to view male breasts in a negative light, using insults like “man boobs” and “moobs” to humiliate men. These cruel words can steal confidence and negatively affect self-esteem.

What are the Solutions?

When male breast enlargement is directly caused by excess fatty tissue, it can often be improved with diet and exercise alone. Liposuction is also an option. When the enlargement is caused by a hormonal imbalance, however, it is nearly impossible to overcome without breast reduction surgery. Doctors may use a combination of liposuction and tissue removal to decrease the size of the breasts. It is important to remember that it may not be necessary to treat this condition, but more men than ever are choosing surgery.

Do Any Celebrities Suffer from Male Breast Enlargement?

Many male celebrities and social figures deal with breast enlargement, but not many of them openly discuss their cosmetic procedures. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson speaks openly about his gynecomastia procedure. This former professional wrestler and current movie star is best known for his appearance in films such as Walking Tall and The Scorpion King. His solid physique is due in part to his surgery.

Why are More Men Than Ever Getting Breast Reductions?

It has commonly been believed that breast reductions are reserved for females, but this misconception is fading as more men talk openly about their insecurities regarding their chest. The American Society for Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 40 percent of all breast reduction surgeries throughout the U.S. are performed on men, and these men have seen significant, positive changes in their self-esteem and overall confidence. This condition is treatable, and you do have hope. If you are interested in finding out more about your cosmetic surgery options, contact the medical professionals at the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso.

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